23-year-old Shawayne Dashawn Williams was arrested and charged with killing 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne. Williams appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Wednesday (Jan. 3), but was not required to plead to the indictable offense. Williams was ordered to be remanded to prison.
Alleyne, who was the Cousin of Barbadian superstar Rihanna, was walking through a track near his home when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene. Alleyne was rushed by a private vehicle to the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.
Police arrested and formally charged Williams, of White Hall #1, in connection with Alleyne’s death, which occurred at Eden Lodge, St Michael around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26.
Rihanna has taken to social media, posting pictures and videos in remembrance of her cousin.
“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she wrote to her Instagram Tuesday. “Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!” the singer wrote.
Rihanna has also added her voice to the loud calls for an end to the rising gun violence in Barbados. Last year there were 30 murders, including 23 that were gun-related.
Williams is due to reappear in court on January 31.
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